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Cloud Infrastructure

Cloud Infrastructure : Cloud infrastructure services, also known as "infrastructure as a service" (IaaS), deliver computer infrastructure – typically a platform virtualisation environment – as a service, along with raw (block) storage and networking. Rather than purchasing servers, software, data-center space or network equipment, clients instead buy those resources as a fully outsourced service. Suppliers typically bill such services on a utility computing basis; the amount of resources consumed (and therefore the cost) will typically reflect the level of activity.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Cloud Computing in the Public Sector


Section: Research
Governments around the world have been looking at how best to reduce functional redundancy through the concept of "shared services” where different departments share a single source of function. This report looks at the promise and issues of cloud computing today in the Public Sector, along with the direction cloud needs to take in order to fulfil on its promise. The following topics are covered: -  The public sector in 2011 and beyond ...   read more

Cloud Infrastructure Services in 2014 - A CIO's Guide


Section: Research
The challenges facing CIO's over the last decade have been well documented. Those in the role have been called upon to facilitate transformational change and make their organisations more agile. In striving to meet this expanded brief, many have pulled out all the stops to develop a deeper understanding of the business and it's diverse needs. But challenges remain, not least in legacy investments and outdated skill-sets within IT departments. Together ...   read more

Contracting Cloud Services - A Guide to Best Practice


Section: Research
Many similes and metaphors have been used to describe Cloud Services ranging from ‘elastic supply’ to ‘a form of outsourcing’. The challenge in entering any supply contract though is to define and embody in plain words a common understanding, set of expectations and requirements between (normally) two parties committing to a supplier-customer relationship. As with all new markets, there are entrants who are credible, well intentioned, capable an ...   read more

Survivors' Guide to the Cloud


Section: Research
In 2013, how are IT departments transforming IT efficiency, increasing agility and flexibility and lowering overheads without compromising security, availability or compliance? Whatever initiatives are implemented, the scope for transformation will continue to be limited as long as resources are kept within the boundaries of the organisation. This white paper: Explores the growing potential of cloud-based IT infrastructure service ...   read more

Are Enterprise Cloud Services the CIO's Key to Innovation?


Section: Articles
There are already signs that CIOs see what needs to be done as they try to move forward. In October 2013, Gartner predicted that cloud computing would grow to represent the bulk of new IT spend by as soon as 2016. As long as CIOs are being pushed to deliver more with less, it is clear tha ...   read more

As cloud takes over, what is the role of the IT manager?


Section: Articles
The industrialisation of IT has long commenced. Legacy systems requiring manual management of IT structure have fallen to the wayside, one by one, as automated cloud computing systems have usurped the place of typical IT professionals and infrastructure managers. Unrest has shaken the industry since at least 2010, and the same advice has been issued over and over again, in varying tones. F ...   read more

Benefits of Migrating to Linux


Section: Articles
Migration programs are often met with resistance on the part of end users, and a demand for cost-justification from managers, and then after approval has been granted, the migration itself seldom goes exactly as planned. Nonetheless, if the key benefits have been defined, the results can be dramatic. Nowhere is this more evident than in a migration from proprietary UNIX to an read more

Better Together - Virtual Desktop Infrastructure deployment with Egenera


Section: Articles
The rewards of a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment naturally start with, from the point of view of the end user, increased mobility between, better access to information, and more flexibility in access device type (PC’s, notebooks, Mac, Smartphones and Tablets).  From the perspective of IT, VDI promises reduced costs thus boosting the bottom line and making IT look like heroes.   This is the nirvana of virtually every corporation in the world. And while the b ...   read more

Cloud Compliance: Is the Cloud Keeping your Data Private?


Section: Articles
Public cloud computing, convenient and cost-saving, has replaced the large, on-site server rooms usually relied upon by companies. Data once saved in server rooms is stored in data centres often far from the company site, managed by a cloud provider that secures and protects the data. But at what point can conveni ...   read more

Cloud Trends for 2013 and Beyond


Section: Articles
The cloud has settled in to stay. Since its first emergence, cloud has been both a curiosity and a concern for CIOs and IT professionals. Now that this modern computing system has swept the information industry, what will happen next?

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Ensuring SLA compliance and disaster recovery in the cloud


Section: Articles
A strategic move to the cloud is often driven by two or three key considerations, most often, these include the ability to reduce capital expense and establish more predictable operating expense, and establishing a more scalable and more easily manageable infrastructure.    Whilst a company’s first foray into the cloud is likely to be proof-of-concept applications that are less mission-critical, more companies are finding it advantageous to strategically ...   read more

High Availability Cloud Computing


Section: Articles Video
Brian Gracely of The CloudCast Video Channel discusses the basics of High Availability for applications in both Public Cloud and Private Cloud environments. He discusses legacy applications, virtualized applications and new web-scale applications, along with the underlying infrastructure t  read more

How CIO's Can Stay Relevant to the Business in a Rapidly Changing Environment


Section: Articles
To stay relevant to the business in a rapidly-changing external environment, the CIO and IT department need to be as agile as the infrastructure they provide to the business, and as open to new ways of working as the broader organisation. Today’s IT agenda, then, is not about keeping things ticking over – i.e. being ordinary and maintaining the status quo. New requirements emerge so quickly that it has become impossible to predict what’s coming down the line, so there is a growing need to ...   read more

Is Your Network Ready for Cloud Computing?


Section: Articles Video
The cloud is changing the way that organisations are doing business. Although there are lots of terms being used...SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, private cloud, hybrid cloud, VDI, etc, essentially all are heading down the same path into the cloud. By 2014, according to Cisco, 50% of all workloads will be processed in the cloud and Gartner's study suggests cloud service spending will be 5x overall IT spending by 2015.   read more

Private clouds without the capex - Housing your private cloud within a public cloud


Section: Articles
It should come as no surprise that it is possible to have a private cloud within a public cloud infrastructure, in much the same way as we have virtual private networks (VPNs) over the public Internet. The most common unschooled view of the cloud is unfortunately one of confusion, with the belief that it is an amorphous collection of compute resources at an indistinct group of third party sites. That definition more closely resembles the Internet itself, however.  Before addressing p ...   read more

The Case for Virtual Data Centres


Section: Articles
In an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) scenario,  the  cloud-based  service being provided will include virtual server space, network connections, bandwidth, IP addresses and load balancers. Physically the pool of hardware resource is pulled  from  a  multitude  of  servers  and  networks  usually distributed across numerous data centres, all of which the cloud provider is responsible for maintaining. Th ...   read more

What's Holding Businesses Back From the Cloud?


Section: Articles
The typical internal IT infrastructure is mired in complexity; costly and cumbersome to manage; and the opposite of dynamic and agile. Any on-premise server that is not fully utilised represents a costly waste of resources. Extrapolate that across the entire company, and the inefficiencies are likely to assume staggering proportions. It is in this context that an organisation’s interest in cloud-based systems and services will typically originate. An overwhelm ...   read more

App developers 'increasingly reliant on cloud scalability'


Section: News
Application developers are increasingly relying on the cost and scalability benefits of cloud computing - particularly as the infrastructure solution becomes a mainstream technology. As a result, according to Datapipe, cloud computing is a vital part of enterprise IT strategic planning and software developers are slowly adopting this mindset.Ed Laczynski, Datapipe's vice president f ...   read more

By 2014, 90 percent of organisations will support corporate applications on BYOD, Garther predicts


Section: News
According to Gartner, the use of mobile devices for consuming work-related video continues to rise, putting more pressure on enterprises to support and manage BYOD schemes. It’s thought that by around 2015, a minimum of 60% of information employees will use a mobile device for work purposes. "Developing and supporting new content management applications and uses is a daunting task for enterprises, which justifiably fear dissatisfaction and low adoption," read more

Cisco to acquire Meraki Inc.


Section: News
Cisco yesterday announced their intention to expand existing cloud to solutions by acquiring Meraki Inc., a San Francisco-based leading cloud provider. Meraki has offices in New York, London and Mexico and "offers midmarket customers easy-to-deploy on-premise networking solutions that can be centrally managed from the cloud”. According to a Cisco statement, the acquisition "complements and expands Cisco’s strategy to offer more software-centric solutions to simplify network ma ...   read more

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